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Friday, November 26, 2021

Officials call fatal stabbing of UK MP a terrorist act

by Joe Kearney and Jill Lawless

LEIGH-ON-SEA, England (AP) – A long-serving member of Parliament was stabbed to death on Friday during a meeting with constituents at a church in England, in what police described as a terrorist incident. A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with the attack, which united Britain’s corrupt politicians in shock and grief.

The investigation into the murder of Conservative MP David Ames was led by an anti-terrorism official. In a statement early Saturday, the Metropolitan Police described the attack as terrorism and said preliminary investigations “revealed a possible motivation linked to Islamic extremism.”

Ames, 69, was attacked around Friday afternoon at a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea, about 40 miles (62 kilometers) east of London. Paramedics tried to save him without success. Police arrested the accused and recovered a knife.

They did not identify the suspect, who was held on suspicion of murder. Police said they believe the suspect acted alone, and were not looking for anyone else in connection with the murder, although the investigation is ongoing.

Another lawmaker, Joe Cox, was assassinated five years after a far-right extremist in his small-town constituency, and it raised concerns about the risk of his work being represented by politicians as voters. I renewed the concern. British politicians are generally not given police protection when they meet with their constituents.

Tributes poured in for AIIMS from across the political spectrum as well as the community it served for decades. Residents pay tribute to him in a vigil at a church in Leigh-on-Sea.

The Rev. Jeffrey Woolnaugh said in the presence of about 80 people, “he exudes that great East London spirit without fear and being able to talk to people and the level they are at.” “Not all politicians are good at that, I would say.”

Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he and his cabinet were “deeply shocked and heartbroken”.

“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and its future, and we have lost a fine public servant and a very dear friend and colleague today,” Johnson said.

The prime minister would not say whether the attack meant politicians needed tighter protection, saying, “We really should leave the police to investigate them.”

Ames was a Member of Parliament for Southend West, which includes Leigh-on-Sea since 1997, and a legislator since 1983, making him one of the longest-serving politicians in the House of Commons.

A social conservative on the right of his party, he was a well-known figure with a reputation for working hard for his constituents and continuously campaigning to declare Southend a city.

Ames, who leaves behind a wife and five children, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015 for his service, becoming Sir David.

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Flags were lowered at half-mast in Parliament amid various questions regarding the security of MPs.

House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said: “This is an incident that will send a wave of shock to the Parliamentary community and to the nation as a whole.” “In the coming days we will need to discuss and investigate the safety of lawmakers and any measures taken, but for now, our thoughts and prayers are with David’s family, friends and colleagues.”

Violence against British politicians is rare, but there have been concerns about the increasingly bitter polarization of the country’s politics.

In 2016, a week before the country’s divisive Brexit referendum, a Labor MP Cox was stabbed to death in northern England. Also, in recent years several people have been jailed for threatening MPs.

British lawmakers are protected by armed police when they are inside parliament, and security there was tightened after an attacker inspired by the Islamic State group fatally stabbed a police officer at the gate in 2017.

But politicians have no such protection in their constituencies. AIIMS publishes the times and locations of its open meetings with constituents on its website.

Two other British MPs have been attacked over the past two decades during their “surgery”, regular meetings where constituents can present concerns and complaints.

Labor legislator Stephen Timms was radicalized in 2010 by a student with online sermons from an al-Qaeda-linked preacher.

In 2000, Liberal Democrat Nigel Jones and his colleague Andrew Pennington were attacked by a man holding a sword during one such meeting. Pennington was killed and Jones was injured in the attack in Cheltenham, England.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May, a conservative, tweeted that the Ames killing was “a sad day for our democracy”, and former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was “shocked and horrified.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party said on Twitter: “In a democracy, politicians should be accessible and open to scrutiny, but no one deserves to take their own life to work for and represent their constituents Is.”

Kim Leadbeater, Joe Cox’s sister and now Member of Parliament herself, said it was “horrifying” that Ames’s family was experiencing what she was going through.

“They would think about this every day for the rest of their lives,” she said.

“I am now working myself as a politician and trying to do good work for the people, and it is really important that you get good people in public life, but this is the risk we are all taking. , and so many MPs would be scared of it.”


Lawless reported from London. Pan Pilas also contributed to this report.

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